June Island Batik Challenge

Well, despite a slight back injury and my sewing machine deciding to throw a screw, I finally got my June Island Batik challenge done! Yippee for me! <grin>

This month's challenge was to make a modern quilt, and I'm always challenged by that. I love modern quilting but it's just not what I normally design so this one stretched me.

There are a lot of things that might define a modern quilt, such as negative space, non-standard block settings (alternative gridspace), improv piecing, the use of solids and so on.

For my quilt, I decided to emphasize negative space (the space where blocks aren't) and alternate gridwork. I also wanted to showcase fabrics in a new collection called Dear William. The collection will be featured again during the Island Batik Ambassador's August blog hop, but for now I wanted to give you a taste of its rich colors.

I call the quilt Heat Wave, and it's my own design.

To me, the blocks remind me of stars shimmering in the hot sun. To emphasize that, I quilted wavy lines out from the star points (the diagonal points). To create the shimmer of the hot sun, I quilted straight lines out from the compass points (north, south, east, and west).

To quilt the straight lines, I marked them with my Hera tool. Have you ever used one? You simply run it over your fabric and it leaves a crease that you can follow.

Here are the quilt's details:

"Heat Wave"
28" x 36"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batik Dear William collection; background fabric is #121622035 Bubble Hole Honey from the Happy Harvest collection
Batting: Quilter's Dream Select
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #5011 (Rope Beige)
Quilting Threads: Mettler Metrosene 100 wt. #958 (Fuschia), Aurifil 50 wt. #2395 (Pumpkin Spice), Aurifil 50 wt. #2150 (Pumpkin), WonderFil InvisaFil 100 wt. #706 (Icy Lemon), Gutterman 50 wt. #1105 (Cream)
Pieced and appliqued by Jennifer Fulton

Heat Wave 6.jpg

I really enjoyed this challenge, although it was hard to come up with a modern design. I hope you enjoyed Heat Wave as well!

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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